Here are some great links that you may find helpful - these are not meant to be the only authority in the field of concern and Immanuel does not take responsibility for the content of these pages! Blessing, Dr. Gary L. Pawlitz (email@example.com)
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Did you know? It is predicted that by 2030, 22% of the U.S. population will be over 65; and 50% of the members of Lutheran congregations will be over 65.
Scams and the senior. Go to fbi.gov scams and look for "Fraud Target: Senior Citizens"
If you can't make it to church
1. you may want to check out Worshipforshutins.org.
2. you man want to listen to the Lutheran Hour- there are 4 stations that carry it on Sundays - they are: Farmington Hills 1130 AM @ 6:30 am or Detroit 560 (wrdt) AM @ 12 noon or Port Huron 1450 AM or 1590 Am @ 5 am. If you are traveling and have XM SATELLITE it is on at 1 pm on XM170.
If you would like to be on Pastor Mike's Daily Devotion list - please E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be happy to include you in his list for the devotions.
Ø Hitting the news lately: “All the Lonely People: How We Live Alone Past 65.”
Ø Something to browse: Social Media Scoop for Seniors. A sample title from this blog: “4 Ways Older Adults Who Can’t Drive Can Catch a Ride.”
Ø Lutherans for Life offers a video clip on Christian estate planning.
Ø May is Older Americans Month. Check out the following:
· Unleash the Power of Age
· History of Older Americans Month
· Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau
Ø Wikipedia has an entry for Old Lutherans. Speaking of old Lutherans, there’s an online store by that name too. Lots of “humorous” products.
Ø Learn about age-related hearing loss in “Hearing Loss: It’s a Family Affair.”
Ø Got grandkids? (Okay, I see you reaching for the pictures!) Read “Grandparenting: Passing the Baton of Faith” from CASA.
Ø Worth reading: “Who We Are When We Don’t Remember” by Nancy Gordon.
The CDC has guidelines for physical activity for older results.
Look for a smartphone? Huff Post offers some suggestions, especially for older adults.
Are you wired? Check out “Seniors get digital…” in The Oregonian.
Looking for work? See “Employment Resources for Older Job Seekers
Be careful! “Study identifies basis for sense of trust in older people
Have fun. See Fun Activities for Seniors
Administration on Aging - the AOA - has many helps for seniors - email@example.com
Skip the tests? Check out The New York Times articles that reports medical tests or procedures to question
Educate yourself about “10 menacing financial scams.”
Your health: See “10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s.” Includes links to other resources, including a chart that compares Alzheimer’s with age-related memory problems
Drugwatch.com is dedicated to informing you about dangerous prescrption drugs and medical devices.
Your roof may be in good shape, but how about your skin? Check out “Why more baby boomers need the shingles vaccine.”
ü Can you relate? “Fears of Aging.”
Not all the best news, but you might be interested in “Top 5 baby-boomer health trends” from CNN.
A report: “Multigenerational Families in a Volatile Economy” from Generations United. The report is 50 pages in PDF.
Hope it’s not too late: “Tips for Snowbirds Before They Take Flight” from The Wall Street Journal
What should we be called? See this informative and even entertaining article from The New York Times: “Elderly No More.”
About the holidays: “Tips for Seniors on Avoiding the Holiday Blues” from the Tampa Bay Times.
Financial fraud is a special risk for older adults during the holiday season. Find out more.
Good to know: “5 Questions to Ask about Medicare Advantage Plans” from BloombergBusinessweek.
How about a fall hunting trip? “The Hunt for an Affordable Hearing Aid.”
Having “the talk”: See “Let’s talk about who’s getting Grandma’s china.”
Ø Of comfort or concern: “Help for Seniors Who Worry about Memory Problems” from Huffington Post.
US News carries an article with a different twist titled “6 Things Aging Parents Can Do for Their Children
Ø Look over “Leading an Older Adult to Christ.”
Made for you? Read “Companies’ Sites on Aging Consumers” from the Charlotte Observer
Ø Watch out! “Seniors: Beware the Sales Pitch” from CNN Money.
Ø Here’s a newer website that might interest you—the Older Adults page at HealthyPeople.gov.
Ø Hoaxes spread rapidly by email—sometimes even from friends and acquaintances. You can check out known hoaxes at Snopes. You also can sign up for their regular newsletter.
Ø Worried that your forgetfulness is dementia? Read this.
Ø Never too late to stop. Smoking, that is.
Ø Sleep late and take naps. See what it does for longevity.
Sad story. Ministry opportunity? See “Boomers’ lives begin to intersect with losses.
Ø Do you have adolescent grandchildren? Read this.
Do you get enough exercise? This article suggests that exercise is the key to successful aging
Ø Then there is mental exercise for a healthy brain. See this.
How’s your health? See “10 Healthcare Trends for Older Americans
v See AgePage for suggestions on staying fit.
Ø Sticky business: “Acupuncture May Help Some People with COPD.”
Ring, ring…anyone home? Tinnitus, a.k.a. ringing in the ears, affects about 20 percent of the population. Therefore, several of you (and I) suffer it. No cure yet, but you might want to read this HealthDay article on a potential combo therapy
Ø Do you question your doctor—or do you question questioning your doctor? See this.
Ø Research shows that seniors are undertreated for asthma.
Ø May is Older Americans Month. The 2012 theme is “Never Too Old to Play.” Not coincidentally, May also is Arthritis Awareness Month.
v Browse links to resources for emergency preparedness for seniors.
Ø Let’s see…tissues, pain killer, spare toilet paper, and … “The proper etiquette of having the flu.”
Hate to open my mouth on the subject, but you might benefit from reading “Older Adults and Oral Health.
A new trend? Multigenerational homes
OTHER LINKS THAT MAY BE OF HELP: http://www.adultdaycare.org
You may have missed this Shaping the Future article from a winter ago: “The Age Wave and the Transformation of the Church” by Shirley Bergman.
What exactly is a senior? See “Seniorhood a moving target
Do you have questions on 'housing' or 'mortgages' - "mortgageloan.com/seniors/" may be of some help.
Does this sound good? “10 Ways to Live Large During Retirement
Some of you are painfully aware of this, but you might want to read “Poor eyesight one of the toughest aspects of aging.”
A place to browse: American Society on Aging
Ø See the Winter 2012 issue of Engaging the Aging. Feature article deals with passing on your faith legacy.
Ø It’s about that time…See “Tax Tips for Retirees.”
Ø Did you know that Southwest Airlines offers senior discounts on many (if not all) flights? Their senior fare check box appears on their home page. Other airlines offer senior discounts on few flights.
Ø Do you know about the Social Security changes in 2012? Check here for a brief description.
Ø Here’s another potentially good diet from Health Day: “Steady Diet of Mental Stimulation Might Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk.”
If you navigate your car with a GPS device, you might also be interested on how GPS devices may help Alzheimer victims
Ø Pass along a few hints with “Don’t Fall for Christmas: Help a senior avoid injury.”
v The Administration on Aging offers social media resources for seniors.
v Have you heard of Go4Life? Check out this fitness program for older adults.
v And finally… check out this blog: “Seniors: Good Ideas Make for Good Days.”
Be careful. See the “Top 10 Health Care Mistakes Made by the Elderly
Going somewhere? Check out these Holiday Travel Tips for Seniors
Moving? See “Choosing the Right Retirement Community for You
Ø Legal eagle? (Or is it beagle?) Check out Laws and Regulations Concerning Seniors.
***Challenges of older life are always present, so it might be a refreshing change to read “The Perks of Older Life.” By the way, I’m not sure which version is quoted for the Bible passage. Want to read it from another translation? See it in The Message or the more familiar NIV.
We all love discounts! See SeniorDiscounts.com for lots of sources.
v Explore a senior newswire service at The Savvy Senior.
National Council on Aging (NCOA) has an article titled “Aging Well at Home
*** DrugWatch.com is a great place to be educated about prescription and over-the-counter medications, drug recalls, medication interactions, and current developments in the medical field.
v Want to improve your grandparenting skills? See “5 Don’ts of Grandparenting” from AARP.
v On the scientific side: “Caloric Restriction: Tantalizing Clues to the Aging Process” from American Foundation for Aging Research.
Read more about technology’s potential for helping seniors live independently
Ø If you love the outdoors—or otherwise will be there anyway—you might want to read “Summer Skin Care…” from Home Helpers.
Ø “Retiring from Retirement” from Christianity.ca might provide some stimulating reading.
v It seems timely to browse “Preparing for an Emergency or Disaster,” with links provided by Administration on Aging.
v Sounds encouraging: “9 Ways to Remain Physically and Mentally Healthy in Old Age.”
v Social Security will stop sending statements to save money. Read this and more SS news from U.S. News and World Report.
v Bone Power is an interactive online bone health program. Find out if you can qualify for this study.
v If you think you are old, check out the ten oldest people in the Bible. Or if you want to see a YouTube production of the same information, click here.
Ø A good way to end…read “Passing on a Legacy” from Senior Evangelism Partnership.
v Getting around is getting more expensive. That’s why it might help to read the transportation tips from SeniorArk.com.
************See ABC’S scam alert on the new health care law.
For your health: “Keep an Eye on Silent Killers in the Golden Years.”
How to make a nursing home decision and what is the best type of care - this web page may be of help -Nursing Homes in Michigan
Nursing Homes can be compared in Michigan - this may be of some help - carepathways.com
The American Association of Retired Persons - aarpweb page
Alzheimer and Dementia infomation - alz.org
Scientists at MIT are conducting research on nutritional interventions to Alzheimer’s. Find out more in “Move Aside Drugs: Non-invasive Brain Therapies” from Posit Science.
Also from SceinceDaily.com: “New Alzheimer's Test Offers Better Opportunities for Early Detection.”
v “Senior moments” or onset of Alzheimer’s? See some recent research.
v Hearing aids are expensive, so it’s important to get the one that’s best for you. See these Mayo Clinic guidelines.
InfoAging.com claims to have recent research about the aging process.
Do you know the “Top 10 Health Care Mistakes Made by the Elderly” according to ElderLawAnswers.com?
See what research says about how to keep your balance and avoid falls.
Download the “Medicare and You 2010” handbook from Centers for Medicare and Medicade Services.” Printing is not recommended; it is 124 pages. Save it on your computer and read appropriate sections on your monitor.
For health issues, there are several places to find information - Familydoctor.com,mayoclinic.com, hopkinsmedicine.org,JohnsHopkinsHealthAlerts.com
The National Institute on Aging has a web site nia.nih.gov
For law related items for seniors - elderlawsolution.comand/orhttp://www.elderslaw.org
About you and the law…Browse ElderLaw Answers; free newsletter available too.
Want to know about living wills and living trusts? Take a look at “Living Wills and How they Work” from Senior.com.
Our local St. John Hospital has a good page that tells us the upcoming events in health care. http://www.stjohn.org their phone number is 1-888-751-5465
Beaumont hospital system has medical helps. Beaumont.org- just type in your area of concern.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan http://www.bcbsm.org
For the Federal Drug Administration - FDA.gov
Pain meds combat chronic pain - www.pain.healthcommunities.com
If you want to interact with others who suffer from or are interested inthe same health concern that you are interested in orhave: healthcommunities.com
The wellness letter from the University of California - school of public health. This is a monthly letter that you can sign up for - wellnessletter.com
Macomb area agency on aging - http://www.aaa1b.comTheir phone number is 800-852-7795. THIS PAGE IS BEING WORKED ON!
Need transportation? Fare is $1.00 for seniors. www.smartbus.org/Smart/Ride+SMART/Services+by+community
For Social Security items or Medicare items - www.socialsecurity.gov
For a cemetery in Macomb County - this may help
www.online-isp.com/~maggie/macomb/cemetery THIS PAGE IS BEING WORKED ON!!
For Funeral homes in Macomb County - this may help - www.online-isp.com/~maggie/macomb/funeralTHIS PAGE IS BEING WORKED ON!!
THE BEST PAGE FOR MACOMB COUNTY SERVICES IS THIS PAGE ... They have links to many services in Macomb County. www.macombcountymi.gov/seniorservices
Equipment for senior mobility - http://www.macombcountymi.gov/seniorservices/page6.htm
If you are a grandparent or are grandparenting - you can google this idea or by clicking on this web page you can receive some possible ideas - grandparents.com
For memory concerns for Seniors - google "seniors andmemory loss" or "seniors andmemory help"
For generalfinancial planning and ideas on money management - google "seniors and financial planning" but remember that you should talk with someone you trust to make final plans.
If you are interested in retirement planning in a general way with general information - google "retirement planning" but remember that you should talk with someone you trust to help you make plans for the future.
For "Money management", "Debt items", and general money items - David Ramsey has some ideas www.daveramsey.com
A place to invest your money - you may want to consider Church Extension Fund. This Fund provides low interestloans to congregations to build ONLY churches, schools, and pastoral housing and you recieve a very competitive interest rate. You can check them out at www.mi-cef.org- Dr. Gary Pawlitz can help you with this process, give him a call at Immanuel Church office 586.286.4231.
Immanuel Lutheran Church hastwo Endowment Funds and one School Endowment Fundin which people can place $$$ for future ministries. The interest can only be used for specific areas. Contact Mr. Brian VanHevel at 586-726-8899 or Jason Mlynarek at 586-244-3424.
How to know if you should continue to drive…see “Safe Driving for Older Adults.”
Find the answer to this question: “Is Your Kitchen Heart Friendly?
We all dread falling and hip injury. You might want to read “What to Do to Protect Your Hips.”
Will the upcoming Winter Olympic Games inspire you? Would you like to be an Olympic athlete? Check out the Senior Olympics. (You have to do a lot of clicking to access all the info. Maybe clicking should be an event!)
To add to your body of body knowledge:
Dr. Virend Somers, a cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M.. and noon, Somers said. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.
1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night. The reason: aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life".therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the aspirin would be strongest in your system.
2. FYI, aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest............years. (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar.)
See what WebMD has to say about aging gracefully
See “What is the Christian view of retirement?”
Find out about the FDA’s “Bad Ad” campaign and program to protect against misleading drug ads.
AARP has an extensive website that helps to explain the health care reforms. See “Health Care Reform Explained.” Contains an email address to ask additional questions.
Talk about a field trip: Consider an interactive tour of the brain from the Alzheimer’s Association. It includes Brain Basics, Alzheimer’s Disease and the Brain, and more.
Nerve cells and old age—see what Science Daily has to say. (At least about mice!)
Whether you sleep well or poorly, learn more about Sleep and Aging from the National Institute on Aging
Senior.com asks, “Can You Accept That You Are Getting Older?”
They know a lot about you! See Facts and Figures about Senior Citizens.
v The Wall Street Journal talks about compensating a family caregiver.
v We pray you never need to know this, but “What to Expect When a Loved One has Dementia” might be helpful information.
v Kiplinger offers “A Step-by-Step Guide to Comparing Your Medicare Options.” (May take some time to load.)
v ’Tis the season to be blue. At least that’s true for many seniors. Find out more. Along those same lines see “Seniors Can Beat the Holiday Blues.”
v You probably already know this, but USAToday reports, “Stay fit after 65 to live longer, better.”
Ø Planning to travel? You might want to read "Tips for Safe and Healthy Travel by Senior Citizens" from the CDC.
v “Help Seniors Beat the Holiday Blues” provides some helpful tips.
v See a thought-provoking article on aging from Spirituality for Today. Consider the implications of younger people aiding the aging—however much younger they may be.
v Always something to think about: “Top 10 Health Care Mistakes Made by the Elderly.”
v Fall Prevention Awareness Week slipped by but you still access a variety of resources about falling.
v Balance exercises may help to prevent falls.
v Be sure to read the sensible cautionary statement about “Senior Citizen Annual Physical Exam: Updated Guidelines,” but the info appears helpful and practical.
v US News & World Report offers “8 Money Trends Shaping Seniors’ Lives.”
v If you’re considering a continuing care retirement community, US News also has a report on “How to Evaluate Retirement Communities.”
v The San Francisco Chronicle reports on “The Top 6 Ways to Ruin Your Retirement.”
Ø Do you take advantage of senior discounts? Can you do better? Find out from Gregory Karp in The Chicago Tribune.